Study programme

What aspects does the programme cover?

The two main pillars of the programme are (1) International arbitration and (2) Business law.

1. International arbitration

After successfully concluding the research and writing skills module, you will fully immerse in the world of international arbitration. During the second block of the academic year, you will be confronted not only with the fundamental aspects of arbitration law, but you will also be challenged to understand principles of international arbitration from the comparative law perspective. In the spring term, you will also be exposed to distinctive futures of investment arbitration. You will also get the chance to participate in one of the numerous international moot courts.

The courses are taught by academics and professionals active in the field of international arbitration. You can expect to explore the world of international arbitration both from the legal counsels’ and from the arbitrators’ perspective.

2. Business law

The programme also has a strong focus on the transactional facet of international business. The 10 EC International Business Law course gives a comprehensive overview of both international company law as well as international contract law. Moreover, you will have a chance to apply your knowledge and improve your legal writing skills during the course Contract Drafting. Besides, by choosing one of the electives (such as Intellectual Property Law or Law of the Ship), you will have a chance to acquire expertise in the field of your interest.

How is the study programme structured?

At the beginning of the programme, you receive an introduction to international arbitration. You also learn how to do independent legal research and how to report your findings through presentations and papers during a 15 EC Research and Writing Skills Course. Attendance of the meetings is mandatory. Successful completion of this Course is a precondition to being admitted to the master thesis.

The second block is composed of two 5 EC courses, i.e. Fundamentals of Arbitration Law and International and Comparative Arbitration Law. The third block is composed of one 10 EC course, International Business Law. The fourth block includes one 5 EC course, Investment Arbitration, and one 5 EC elective. The fifth and last block consists of a master thesis and one 5 EC course, Contact Drafting.

Does the programme have a particular focus? 

This LL.M. programme distinguishes itself from other dispute resolutions LL.M. programmes by including courses that focus on procedural aspects of international arbitration, but also by giving the students thorough education in substantive law underlying international transactions.

Based in the port of Rotterdam, this programme educates legal professionals that are to become well versed in both international arbitration and business law. Due to its position in the centre of a large trade hub and in the vicinity of the leading arbitration institutions, the programme can offer students many opportunities for exploration of trade in practice by combining the theory that is taught with on-site workshops.

      • Both for research and in legal practice, certain academic and practical skills are indispensable. The course in research & writing skills enables you to acquire these skills and to practice them. 

      • The course focuses on essential principles governing international (commercial) arbitration. It offers the students an in-depth analysis of the notion of consent, party autonomy, powers of the arbitral tribunal as well as the finality of arbitral awards.

      • The course will discuss the arbitral process starting from the agreement to arbitrate until the enforcement of arbitral awards. It will cover both contractual and procedural aspects of this arbitral process.

      • The International Business law course is an introduction to the major issues in Business Transactions and Corporate Law from a global perspective.

      • The course Contract Drafting deals with techniques of international contract drafting from the perspective of comparative contract law.